Electrophysiology (Heart Rhythm)
The cardiac electrophysiology team at St. Vincent Healthcare is dedicated to improving the lives of patients experiencing arrhythmia; or fast, slow or irregular heartbeats. Whether you are feeling faint from the palpitations of a fast pulse, or are exhausted due to atrial fibrillation or a very slow pulse, our team of specialists has the resources to diagnose and repair the cause of your arrhythmia.
While most arrhythmias are not life threatening, some may be associated with increased risks of stroke or sudden death and require more aggressive treatment. We begin with assessment of the severity of your arrhythmia problem, followed by education so that together we can make an informed decision regarding your care strategy. Through this approach, we are able to offer options ranging from lifestyle management and medications to surgical options such as device implantation or ablation.
Commonly diagnosed conditions:
Atrial Fibrillation Center:
Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common abnormal heart rhythms. While most patients with atrial fibrillation are able to go about their lives without complaint, some experience significant symptoms. Our heart arrhythmia team recognizes that people with atrial fibrillation often suffer from other medical problems, which contribute to both the presence of the atrial fibrillation and symptoms associated with it. Diagnoses such as sleep apnea, obesity, thyroid dysfunction, and lung diseases can worsen your symptoms. Atrial fibrillation significantly increases chances of stroke, particularly when it occurs in association with diagnoses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, or vascular disease.
Our Atrial Fibrillation Center brings together a comprehensive group of specialists in order to address the multiple issues that arise with atrial fibrillation and provide a unified plan of care. Our atrial fibrillation care coordinators will assess your individual needs and create a customized plan of consultation and ongoing care. We not only treat your atrial fibrillation, but if necessary we will also work together with specialists from our Diabetes Center, Weight Management Center, Sleep Apnea Center, Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center, New Hope Rehabilitation Center and others to provide you with the best possible care.